All those who picked up a ticket for Primavera 2021, hopeful that by then the virus that has ended all hope of live music in 2020, can breathe a small sigh of relief. Primavera Sound festival has held a successful trial as they investigate the possibility of live music without social distancing.
Named PRIMACOV, the event was organised by Primavera Sound alongside the Hospital Germans Trias in Barcelona with help from the Fight AIDS and Infectious Diseases Foundations.
Held over the weekend, the event welcomed over 1,000 people to a concert of local DJs within a 1600 capacity venue in Barcelona named Sala Apolo. The event employed rapid testing before being able to gain entry to the meaning a negative result was needed before being allowed in, with audience members having to wait only 15 minutes for a result.
“That was, precisely, the objective of this study: to validate these kind of tests as an extremely useful tool to be able to carry out any type of event, whether musical or not, without social distancing,” the organisers of PRIMACOV shared in a statement.
It is seen as one of the frontrunners of techniques which may enable live music t return quicker than otherwise expected. Whether these techniques will be in place come May 2021, when the festival was expected to return, remains to be seen.
While it may not be the final solution, it is another step forward towards music coming back to our stages.
Y empezamos!! PRIMACOV pic.twitter.com/282Pxu74ki— Boris Revollo (@RevolloBoris) December 12, 2020